May 16, 2008

Tucker Continues To Hit The Mark

Things have gone pretty well for Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker over the past few years. Some will argue that many of the successes enjoyed by Tucker were facilitated by previous city administrators. While that may have some degree of truth, there is no denying that Tucker continues to make his mark on Lockport. From the Canal Street restoration, to the rehabilitation of the former South Block, the Main Street beautification project, and the opening of the Discovery Center, Tucker has been very aggressive in his quest to turn the city around.

Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. The city housing stock has deteriorated significantly over the past 30 years. The good news is that the city Building Inspection Department has at last been given the resources necessary to, if nothing else, stem the deterioration.

That being said, the impetus for this article is not what Tucker has done, but what he may do. Tucker's ambitious plan to take down the eyesore of a parking ramp on Main Street in Lockport is simply wonderful news. The ramp has been a black-eye on Main Street for decades. Maybe it was a good idea back in the 70's, but the failure of city leader after city leader to invest in the maintenance of the ramp has lead the city to this point.

Congratulations to Tucker on a job well done. The city is flourishing in many ways, so take a ride down Main Street if you get a chance. If you haven't been there in awhile, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

24 comments:

Larry Castellani said...

Or in a moment of regret and contrition Tucker will untuck his head from the asses of those who reduce politics to economics and administration and restore the Christy show. Then he will help purge the elitiist, autocratic board (and boring) of directors who are turning LCTV into a business promotion mechanism for the thoughtless, frightened, unimaginative toadies who can't conceive of life beyond the effete mechanisms of party, institutionalized politics and corporate capitalism. Such is the reading from the Gospel of Castellani for the day. Amen and thanks for listening. Have a good weekend.

Jakob Dylan said...

Larry, you bore me.

Larry Castellani said...

jakob dylan,
It's probably because you are a flaming idiot, terrified by new ideas and a two-dimensional reality. How's the pointless forest?

larry s said...

Actually Larry, you would thank them for reading, not listening. And who is Tom Christy? The name rings a bell but I can't quite place it.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Tucker is doing well because he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes is the common good.

Too many other Mayors were worried about being popular. Tucker has found a way to be both successful and popular at the same time

Frank DeGeorge said...

Never thought Larry would be a one-trick pony, essentially reading from talking points in a manner in which he has castigated others. You're better than this Larry.

Regardless, I agree about the parking ramp. It's outlived its usefulness. Hopefully, Tucker has something unique and progressive to replace it...underground parking, perhaps?

And while I think Lockport looks great, I'm curious if the significant public investment will help attract the private investment that is key to the long-term success of the city.

Anonymous said...

Human......

Anonymous said...

What a class act you are Larry. NCCC must be proud to be associated with you.

Larry Castellani said...

Frankie D,
thanks for the vote of confidence. But mine are not talking points; they are truncated theoretical points that I hope some might actually consider as worth discussing some day: namely, going beyond a discourse or conceptual strategy circumscribed by the jargon of party politics; going beyond the reduction of problem formation to the language of our form of parliamentary politics; and going beyond government as the ligitimation mechanism for big business/finance or the legal apparatus thereof. ... But you can't begrudge me a good barfight once in a while, can you? I just hope I don't run into Joe Mesi any time soon. Even Barak Obama said when somebody keeps elbowing you sometimes you gotta push back.

Anonymous said...

Downtown Main St. looks wonderful! -Just to have some green grass and flowers makes such a difference. It will look even better with that nasty parking ramp down! There are some great shops down there too! I hope more people get down there and visit them and spend some money! Go Tucker!!!

Anonymous said...

Larry C. - Let's use ass in the right context - pompous ass - you

larry s said...

Larry is obviously an insecure little boy trapped in a "man's" body whose mommy didn't let him suckle at her nipple. He is so desperate for attention that regardless of the topic, he must turn the subject to himself. He does it with every single post. It's sad and pathetic, and I actually pity the poor little boy. Next time you see Larry, give him a hug and tell him that his mommy really did love him. Maybe his obsession for attention will wane.

Larry Castellani said...

Dear Anonymous Clones, You Black Shirts of the Blogosphere,
You have got to grow up intellectually. A little self-criticism would do you well. You measure progress in terms of tearing down and putting up things. That’s all well and good. But it doesn’t seem to be balanced with a concern for the invisible “things” of progress like education, and democratic process and some on-going philosophical discussions regarding a vision of the whole region. I see this myopic fixation on the immediacy of things and personal interests, but no real concern for long range effects or real reflection on past failures. You’re kind of like people who live in a desert and think they can build a rain forest rather than taking care of the oasis they do have. The economic concept of “growth” has reached its logical limit. NC Leg and business community just hasn’t figured that out yet. A new state of the art golf course courtesy of Seneca Gaming? What??? Why??? What a mindless waste as was the Casino!

Gotta go. And you’re forgiven for those nasty things about my mother. … But of course if I lived in Lockport I’d be as excited as Hobbes that they may take the parking ramp down. It’s undoubtedly a good thing. I just hope they don’t put up a Wal-Mart in its place.

Anonymous said...

Great Post Larry Castellani!!!

Anonymous said...

Larry's mother is obviously reading his comments.

Anonymous said...

Again, you are pompus. Don't tell me to grow up intellectually. You have no idea who I am and what my intelligence is. I will remain anonymous, because if I ever meet you, I may have to slap you. Why, oh why, can you not see some good in the simple beautfication of downtown Lockport. Yes, it's Lockport. It has its faults. Why can't you see any good in the many things that Tucker has done for this community.

Larry Castellani said...

Dear Anon,
"...pompus?" How about "pump-ass",or "poompus" ...

Beautification, Lockport? That's an oxymoron isn't it? ... There we go with the intelligence obsession again. ... And I did say removal of the ramp is a good thing. You need to read my piece again. Quiz on Monday! I know you enjoy reading my posts, don' you? Tell the truth! You just love to hate me. And be careful I'm a Mixed Martial Arts expert. So watch the threats. I beat Carlos Condit last weekend in training camp in New Mexico. You don't believe me do you? Just joshin' ya, my friend. Relax and have a good weekend. We'll fight again next week.

Anonymous said...

If you had noticed and read my post carefully, I spelled it right the first time. I spelled it wrong the second time on purpose, knowing you would feel the need to correct my unintelligent pump-ass.

Larry Castellani said...

Yeh, Yeh, good try anonym-ass. I got you. You know I got you. I win and you're "it" until Monday! I'm one up and you have to live with it until Monday. Nah, nah, na nah nah!!... God, it's fun being childish, isn't it?

pirate's code said...

Larry --

Take your Xanax. Please.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

From our resident philosopher, quoth L.C. “But mine are not talking points; they are truncated theoretical points that I hope some might actually consider as worth discussing some day”.

Examples….”in a moment of regret and contrition Tucker will untuck his head from the asses of those who reduce politics to economics and administration”, ……”because you are a flaming idiot”……… “Yeh, Yeh, good try anonym-ass. I got you. You know I got you. I win and you're "it" until Monday! I'm one up and you have to live with it until Monday. Nah, nah, na nah nah!!... God, it's fun being childish, isn't it?”

Thank god for tenure.

Anonymous said...

LOLOL@LC getting bitch-slapped.

Larry Castellani said...

I should have listened to Jesus: Matthew 7:6.

Anonymous said...

You've apparently never heeded his teachings before, why start now?

Anonymous said...

This was my comment back on the Erie & Niagara County Legislatures Post, in case you didn't see it Larry. I'm guessing you didn't since you had no eloquent rebuttal.

Larry C. says: "Moreover I find 3 minuites hardly enough time to make a point." No kidding Larry?! You must have a lot of free time on your hands at NCCC, because I don't have enough time to wade through your lengthy comments.

Larry C. says: "They manipulate language and discourse just to keep power and prevent understanding." Wait a minute...who were you referring to here???? Oh! You were talking about yourself?!

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